Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Lyrical Inspiration: Prompt One

I used to love taking part in writing prompt linkies and recently I have done a few instagram ones. I love how every person takes a different approach and is inspired to create. I wanted to something similar but different.

I give you Lyrical Inspiration! Each month I was give you a prompt to inspire you to be creative in any form you like. You can write a story, poem, song, do a drawing, take a picture, sew, knit, make a video..... the possibilities are endless.

The prompts will be song tittles or lyrics. 

I will share my creation and there will be a linky that you can add your link to whether its a instagram pic, blog post or video. You don't have to add it just use #LyricalInspiration on instagram or twitter so I can share it.

It's a monthly prompt so it will give you plenty of time to get creative. 

I will be setting up a Pinterest board if you want to join it just let me know your profile name or leave a link.

So the first prompt, I had been racking my brain and then it hit me Monday night while I was at a gig. It was the very last song and I thought it would be perfect.

Like The Way I Do by Melissa Etheridge

Have a good think and see what you can come up with. Remember you don't have to write it can be anything for example a recipe for "Carrot Cake Like The Way I Do".

I really hope you take part, I can't wait to see what you all come up with.

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Last Minute Plans

Some of the best experiences I have had have been last minutes plans. Often when I was younger a quick pint in the pub turned into an epic night and morning in a club. I remember many a time finishing work in a pub in town and popping around to a take away for some dinner and being beckoned in to the nightclub across the road by the bouncers that I knew, still in my Guinness covered t-shirt. Those were the best nights.

I rarely have last minute plans now, me and the OH sometimes pop out for lunch or have an unexpected child free evening and go for a few drinks but nothing too exciting, until Sunday.
On the way to the inlaws on Sunday we happened to be listening to Terry Wigan on Radio 2 (OH choice not mine) when Melissa Etheridge joined him. I love her music, so much I once named a blog after one of her songs. 

A quick Google revealed see was playing a gig Monday night in London.  I was feeling rather gutted I knew nothing about it when OH told me to see if both tickets and my Dad (another big fan) was available and go.

So I did…..

Monday, 27 April 2015

Be Aware Make a Square Auction for Meningitis Now

I have frantically being crocheting squares, bunting and scarves ready for a special crochet auction on the 1st May.

Money is being raised for Meningitis Now which is a really important charity.  Two of my friends have had children that have contracted meningitis and it was a very scary time for them. Thankfully both made a full recovery but the symptoms are not always as easy to spot as you think. The rash that we all know about doesn't often appear until much later.

The auction is on the 1st May and there are some stunning items to bid on. 

Please join us 7pm on 1st May in the Be Aware Make a Square Facebook Group where you will be able to bid to your hearts content.

Sunday, 19 April 2015

#theyearinbooks {April}

Better late than never! 

In March (and some of April) I read  A Memory of Violets by Hazel Gaynor and it is a story about Victorian flower sellers. Its such a beautiful story and so well written. It would highly recommend you go and read it.

I also finally finished the audio book of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and again I really loved it.

In April I an going to read yet another book by a blogger. It is really becoming a theme this year for me. Its called The Outsider by Emily Organ. I read her debut novel The Last Day last year and it was one of my books of the year.  I can't wait to get stuck into this one.

The Outsider Emily Organ

My new audio book is The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton. It will probably take me three months to listen to!

What are you reading?

Circle of Pine Trees

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Learning to Sew

I have challenged myself to blog at least once a week so before I run off to scoff chocolate I though I better write one!  I don't always seem to have time any more and that sucks. Half of it is work commitments I have taken on several new clients in the last few months which means as a work at mum more work in the evening. The other half is taking time out to read and also learn some new skills.

This week I have been teaching myself to sew by hand. I do have a machine, which I of course can't use and it is ion the shed. So I thought I would learn some basic hand sewing first. I needed a little project this week while the girls were making endless Easter crafts and started with a little heart pincushion.

It went quite well until I have to sew it up after stuffing and then it went a bit wonky. However I love it and wanted another project so I headed to Pinterest where I found this cute bunny pattern from The Little Fabric Blog.

I shrunk the pattern and made one little bunny first and then decided it need a friend!

Then I remembered I had my first Inspiration Club pack from My Make and Do which contained some lovely fabric, ribbon and  Ric Rac which I was going to save for something special and then remembered I couldn't actually sew properly and the pack was only £5. So I made two larger bunnies with them!

Guess what the girls got for Easter! 

They are not perfect, they are fraying so I need a pair of oinking shears if anyone can recommend some good ones.   

Also any advice on how to keep the stitches straight after the stuffing has been put in I find that last little bit really difficult and the two sides don't line up even when I pin them.

I just need my next project and possibly more fabric.